Celebrate Black History Month with iHeartPodcasts that Explore the Legacy of Black History
As Black History Month kicks off, February is the perfect time to embrace the education and celebration of Black culture and achievement. This year, iHeartPodcasts honors Black History Month by highlighting a collection of must-listen Black podcast series and shows!
For a quick daily bite of knowledge, start with a show that highlights events in Black history that still influence society today… and provides a comedic twist! “I Didn’t Know, Maybe You Didn’t Either,” hosted by Brian “B-Daht” McLaughlin, comedian, radio host and creator of "The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show," is a historical docuseries rooted in Black excellence and legacy. The show publishes a new mini-episode every single day of Black History Month sharing amazing facts and contributions throughout history that often go unrecognized as stemming from Black culture and people.
Yet not all Black history can be taken lightly. Some stories deserve to be told even though they're harder to digest – and this new iHeartPodcast series “Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children” tells one of those stories.
Hosted by journalist, writer and law school graduate Josie Duffy Rice “Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children” follows the stories behind the little-known history of the Industrial School for Negro Children at Mt. Meig’s -- a horrific penal institution for children who were accused of infractions as minor as truancy. In each episode, listeners relive the narrative of five brave women who dared to cross the Color Line in the Jim Crow South to help ignite a federal investigation, as well as the personal histories of former Mt. Meig’s students and whistle-blowers. Featuring interviews with historians, civil rights advocates, and as many living survivors as possible, Josie addresses the circumstances at Mt. Meigs as a means to reveal and acknowledge this piece of U.S. history. To learn more about the stories of these incredible survivors, check out “Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children” on iHeartPodcasts with new episodes every Wednesday.
Also on iHeartPodcasts' Black History Month podcast playlist is "Black Tech Green Money," a show that presents the stories of successful Black entrepreneurs and technologists, as well as actionable advice and wealth-building strategies from a Black perspective. Hosted by Will Lucas (@willlucas), an entrepreneur, content creator, and Brand Manager at AfroTech, the world's largest Black tech digital platform and conference, "Black Tech Green Money" is THE podcast for Black entrepreneurs and moguls in the making.
Many have heard about the debate surrounding reparations for Black Americans, but the complicated topic can't be summed up in one conversation. For an in-depth look, turn to iHeartPodcasts' "Reparations: The Big Payback," an immersive narrative podcast hosted by social justice filmmakers Erika Alexander (Living Single, Get Out) and Whitney Dow (Two Towns of Jasper, Whiteness Project). Erika, a black woman, and Whitney, a white man, use their unique storytelling skills and experiences to explore the argument for and against reparations for Black Americans. For resources and more info please visit ReparationsBigPayback.com, and listen to new episodes of "Reparations: The Big Payback" streaming now on iHeartRadio.
For the full list, check out the Black History Month podcast playlist below and on iHeart.com!